Become an Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS)

Statutory Requirements

To be granted a licence or certificate of registration to practice professional surveying in Ontario, an applicant must:

be not less than eighteen years of age;

  • be a citizen of Canada or have the status of a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be of good character
  • have completed the a baccalaureate level program in professional surveying (often referred to as Geomatics), approved by the Association’s Academic and Experience Requirements Committee (AERC), or a course that is in the opinion of the AERC equal in content and level of difficulty, or experience and knowledge that provides equivalent competencies to such an academic program. (See Programs)
  • have complied with the experience requirements specified in the regulations for the issuance of the licence; (See Articling) and
  • have passed a statutes and professional examinations

The path to becoming a surveyor involves the following three steps:

Step 1 - Academic Evaluation
Step 2 - Articling
Step 3 - Professional Exams

The first step for all candidates for membership is to apply to the Registrar of the Association for a detailed evaluation of their post-secondary education and experience.